Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Morning's Ponderings on Diet Coke

As I sit here, typing out this post, coffee in hand, I am craving Diet Coke something fierce. If you read my post back on June 27th then you will know that I gave up diet coke, and all other sodas, for the sake of both physical and mental health. And I haven't slipped - not once. Not once has a piece of diet coke goodness slipped passed my lips with an uncaring "that didn't count". Nope! No Sir-y Bob! It has been 70 days exactly, according to the app on my phone. 

Funny side note - the background picture on my "Days Diet Coke Free!" countdown app is a picture of me drinking a non-soda (cough pina-colada cough) as my "inspiration". Go do you girl, do you. 

But, a full 70 days later, there are still times when the craving will hit hard, and I will think, "God I could use a Diet Coke right now. Then life would be complete." And I wander over to the fridge and pour a glass of... milk. (Total let-down). 

I haven't had any miraculous things happen since giving it up - I haven't lost weight or felt healthier or stopped craving bad things, although I have to stay strong and assume that it's only good for me to have given this up.

A couple things I have learned since quitting DC:

1) Energy Drinks are not soda. Before giving up Diet Coke I NEVER had energy drinks because I didn't need to - I would always pick Diet Coke. But now that I don't drink sodas when I need a "pep in my step" a regular (not sugar-free) Red Bull does the trick. I gave up sodas and aspartame, not carbonation, remember. 

2) Alcohol is used much more frequently when I can't have a Diet Coke. Need a little something while I speed clean my house? *Baileys* Need something to help me chill out after a long day? *Red Wine* Need something when I'm having one of those "days"? *Erm... orange juice, cranberry juice, and vodka :)*

My advice to alcoholics AND diet coke addicts? Pick your vice - don't attempt to give up both of them. Seriously. 

P.S. I'm not an alcoholic. I jest. But I am 25 and allowed an occasional drink :) 

And for your Hump Day viewing pleasure... my "inspiration" picture on my countdown app:



Please tell me that some of you have also given up a vice recently and can relate? I need inspiration! 

51 comments:

  1. Great effort! I've never been one for sodas, but I do have the beginnings of a caffeine addiction.

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  2. I had a teacher who drank TWELVE bottles of coke zero A DAY. It's crazy what a little harmless addiction can turn into. Keep it up, you're doing great!

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  3. Energy drinks are really really bad for you though, worse than diet coke. I could never give up any for, of coke only cut back. Though I don't drink much alcohol so I guess I'm balanced.

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  4. Good for you Elle! Haha the alcoholic quip at the end made me laugh :)

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  5. My husband and I just completed testing a new 90 day work out and diet plan. Over the course of those 90 days we gave up everything and ate only what was provided. Since then we've stuck pretty well to the diet plan, this means giving up a lot of stuff we love on the everyday. But....we've started a newish diet plan we call 90-10 that means we eat healthy 90% of the time and the other 10% we eat the things we love that may not be as healthy. Its too hard to cut out everything we love like the occasional ice cream or mac and cheese and eating this way makes it a lot easier to stay on track.

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  6. That's awesome! I lost track of how long it's been since I've had soda, but I recognize that it's such a hard thing to do! We don't realize it, but we become addicted to these foods and drinks, whether it be for a physical reaction (such as the caffeine/sugar jolt) or an emotional need.

    Congrats again! You keep doing your thing, girl. In the meantime, I'll be over here working on my next vice... [caffeine].

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  7. I am totally addicted to root beer. Luckily for me its hard to find and I don't buy it at the grocery store so I don't get it often, but if it was easy to get ahold of, I'd be in big trouble!
    www.thisanalogadventure.com

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  8. I'm still fighting diet coke addiction... I went cold turkey for a good few weeks but am now in the habit of a can every day/every other day, which is at least an improvement on where I was! The problem is I can't find any replacement drinks that I like enough - I was drinking flavoured sparkling water but I got sick of it pretty quick

    littledenimdress.blogspot.com

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  9. What app is this do you think? I need one too!

    http://thepescetarianpantry.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. If it's carbonation that you want, I'd try a trick that I loved as a child and have recently picked up again - sparkling water. First, some research have connected drinking sparkling water to various health benefits. AND, I flavor my sparkling water with little crystal light packets and it tastes just like soda to me! I saw that you liked the San Pellegrino flavored cans which I also adore, but my little concoction is calorie free! … And well, there's always a glass (or bottle) of wine for us 25 year old fogies :)

    Kari | lipstickstainsandcoffeecups.blogspot.com

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    1. I think those Crystal Light packets have artificial sweeteners in them (that's how they're calorie free), and it's one of the things she gave up. Also, as a former artificial sweetener consumer, I really recommend you also put them down - I've seen people use Splenda and Equal as ant killers because they were originally designed as pesticides. Not something you want to be ingesting! I just do regular sugar or stevia now.

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    2. Eeeep! Of course, I'm typing/thinking way to quickly and meant to say Crystal Light Pure, which is apparently doesn't have aspartame. But thanks for the info - I had no idea about it's design as a pesticide. Yuck!

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  11. I love that picture! Its been like 6 days since my last diet coke, but I feel like I'm going to cave soon!

    www.modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com

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  12. That's great that you are 70 days and going strong! Congrats! I think once you do the research and find out what effects that soda or artificial sweeteners for that matter can have on our bodies it makes you not want to consume it! It's a lifestyle change that can really make a difference!

    Kendra

    www.Olive4Juice.com

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  13. I cannot get over the fact that Baileys is your go-to speed cleaning drink! Be my best friend.

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  14. I know that energy drinks aren't soda really, but more-or-less they have the exact same things in them that make soda bad for you. They typically have more sugar and caffeine than sodas at any rate. I'm not saying that you should never not drink them of course, but if you're giving up soda to be healthier, just replacing the soda you would drink with energy drinks instead won't help at all.

    Congratulations on going so long without soda though! I have up everything with caffeine in it for a while about two years ago, and I did extremely well for a while, but I eventually decided to stop and allow myself caffeine again.

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  15. During a busy extended period at work I got stuck on red bull (again - in my student days I used to drink 1l bottles of the stuff!). I took myself off it for a few weeks, which was hard but these days I only grab a coffee or a red bull when I really really need a pick me up. Not sure I could give it up for gd tho - sleeping at your desk is frowned upon for some reason lol!? x

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  16. I gave up Starbucks Frappuccinos last week and I am planning to stay strong as long as possible. I only gave up anything that the Starbucks menu counts as a frappuccino, I didnt give up Starbucks in general. This will help save me money and help keep me in better shape.

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  17. I gave up Diet Coke too it's killing me. But Diet Coke kills your brain cells. So obviously we are doing the right thing. I too have found myself replacing it with alcohol but when it's a choice between destroying my liver or my brain cells I'm going with liver. I need all the brain I can get xx

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  18. I love your writing skills elle, it is so much fun to read.

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  19. I'm trying to cut back on coke too, but I miss the fizz! :/ I'm not that big of a fan of sparkling water so I'm just trying to find something that will at least cut the cravings. I mean I'll be fine for a couple of weeks and then BAM a huge craving kicks in!! It even affects my mood, so idk if I'll be able to keep it up. But I hope I can! Maybe I should get that app too, it might help :)

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    1. V8 V-Fusion makes carbonated blends of drinks. They are sugary, but they have a full serving of fruit and a full serving of veggies. Much better alternative to typical soft drinks. You may want to try them out!!!

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  20. Elle! I know you'll hate hearing this, but ditch the Red Bull. Honestly, you're better off with Diet Coke. Need some pep in your step? Make a fruit smoothie, eat a piece of dark chocolate, or even Gatorade or Powerade. But no 5-hour energy or Red Bull, it's awful for you!
    I've recently been on a health-kick, so I can definitely relate though. Keep it up-- your body will thank you, even if you don't "feel" better yet!

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  21. If you're going to substitute Diet Coke for alcohol, you're better off drinking the Diet Coke. If you're drinking more than one serving of alcohol a day, you're putting your health at serious risk.

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  22. I gave up smoking! Monday after 4th of July weekend I decided to not buy anymore. Haven't had bad cravings and even if I can't tell any physical difference I know for sure my body will thank me for quitting such a horrible vice :)

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  23. I gave up gluten and I'm going into my 3 week now. I know it's super trendy right now but really I made an attempt to do the paleo diet and failed hard, but cutting out gluten worked pretty well. However I miss donuts and cake like they're my life. Funny thing is I didn't eat them all that often before.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  24. My sister is so strict with her eating. she gave up fast food, sodas, pork, and eating after 7pm! She lost like 20 lbs. of course, she also runs 8k a day. lol. GRR!! BE THE CHANGE!

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  25. Advice to alcoholics? You really posted that. Awful.

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  26. I used to have a serious soda and fizzy drinks addiction, to get over the super-mega cravings now I drink carbonated water...it keeps the cravings away for me.Best of luck to you

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  27. I had to give up all caffeine a few weeks ago for medical reasons (Dr's orders.. tsk tsk). I have been pretty strong, but I did have like 3 sips of a Dr. Pepper a few days ago because my boyfriend's mom had brought one from the store especially for me. Other than that, I've been good at resisting, but feeling just blah. I have taken up running midday to help me get going again after a long commute home from work.

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  28. bad food! 50 pounds down! so its working! in another 70 days you'll forget those cravings, keep going! xo

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  29. Ha-h, I had a crazy addiction to regular coke, but one day I noticed that it's just not tasty any more. I think I haven't had coke for more than a year now... I understand how hard it is to give up something like this. Try sucking some sugar-free candy?
    Now I'm trying to forget a person, it's so much harder...

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  30. Nothing a little alcohol can't fix ;) . I've recently started a diet, giving up... well, just about everything. As a treat I also have the occasional glass of wine, fruity beer or a cocktail. Enjoy... and keep up the good work.

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  31. You inspire me to try to give up Pepsi. Lately, I've been getting fruit smoothies and pineapple drinks at the store instead of Pepsi. I like the Naked fruit drinks and Odwalla C Monster drink. Have you tried those? They are supposed to be very good for you.

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  32. I also have given up soda. I work at Starbucks, and I have recently given up COFFEE! It is so hard because I love coffee. I still love my green tea lemonade with no classic, that really seems to be my new vice.

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  33. I've never been a fan of any diet sodas. However, my dad is completely addicted to Diet Cokes, so I do now how bad it can get. 70 days Diet Coke Free is really awesome. I used to love the Crystal Light Peach Tea to-go powders. Now, I can't get enough tropical flavored coconut water, and Iced Coffees.

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  34. You're doing great Elle!! Keep it up! :)
    Cravings are inevitable. It's awesome that you have found ways to combat them!
    Ashley

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  35. Congratulations on getting so far!! I've been obsessed with cheese my whole life and I would literally add a double serving with everything. Recently however I've found out that cheese can actually make acne and acne scarring worse so I've given up my love on a quest for clear skin. It's definitely hard so I know your pain! Good luck with your diet coke free journey :)

    Debra Bros

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  36. My friend Paola used to drink coke all the time. Starting at breakfast!! She actually was losing the ability to taste any flavour that was not as acid and Strong as coke. I once red that 79% of american population had this percepition, and that's the reason everything is so salty and full of mononatrium glutamate (flavour enhancer) in America.
    Anyway She has a coke or two a week now, and everything is back to order, but it took her 6 months for sure to stop the habit. And taste "real" (not enhanced) flavours.
    I wouldn't worry about a little alcohol (except you know, it gets out of hand and you are constantly tipsy)
    But the redbull? Worse than a soda. What about you allow yourself one coke (non diet) a week, for (say) cleaning, or else?

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  37. Well done but I love diet coke and it's what I always drink if I'm in a restaurant haha x

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  38. Ahhh Elle, I love these blogs! You're a fantastic writer. I don't drink Soda either, my fluid consumption is similar to yours - coffee (and lots of it), water, and alcohol. Your alcoholic bit at the end made me laugh. I'm glad to see you're doing so well at quitting diet coke! Keep at it, girl :)

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  39. I'm a big Diet Coke drinker, and this is how I look at it. Yes, it's not the healthiest thing in the world, but I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, or eat an extremely unhealthy diet. It's my one little vice, and I honestly think that it helps curb my cravings for sugary desserts and candy, so in the long run I'm saving calories and it's probably better for my health! Just my thoughts :)

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  40. I love your honesty about how hard it is to give up something you love! Last year I gave up Diet Coke (and other sodas) for more than 6 months and then started drinking it again. I've now decided it's time to kick the habit for good! Five days and counting!

    Hannah x

    http://alovelylook.com

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  41. I am on a gluten free diet! It was really hard at first, especially when your friends are all eating bagels and that yummy chocolate cake. But it is for my health and your health always comes first :)

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  42. what app do you use?? ive been looking for one like this!!!

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  43. What app are you using? I need something like that for my own soda addiction.

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  44. Elle, I haven't had tea, coffee or ANY kind of fizzy drink since March 2012. I gave it up because they were all really affecting my health, and yes it was difficult but I feel so much better for it. I think the key to going cold turkey is to find a very definite reason why it's bad to have that thing in your life. Google aspartame it's an ingredient in a lot of diet products and with consistent consumption it can have detrimental effects on your health. If you know this your subconscious may help you to overcome the cravings and power through :)

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  45. Elle! Redbull and alcohol are far worst than diet coke!!

    Redbull has more sugar, more cafeine! And very bad to your heart!!

    If you really can't give up,
    Allow yourself to have some in awhile, but not this far worse replacement!!

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  46. I know this is really late BUT I have been soda free for four years now. It gets easier but you always have those 'I WANT, I WANT, I WANT' moments.

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